Push to Walk Partners with Seton Hall University for Study

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Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, partners with the Department of Physical Therapy at Seton Hall University for a study.

Shaw Gait Assessment Test

With this research collaboration, we also wish to show that we are capable of making a bigger contribution to the science behind exercise and neuro-rehabilitation.

Throughout the past few months, Push to Walk has acted as a study site for research comparing the validity and reliability of the Shaw Gait Assessment in comparison to the GaitRite. Dr. Preeti Nair, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Seton Hall University is the principle investigator for the study.

The Shaw Gait Assessment is a free online tool, where the GaitRite is a $30,000 piece of equipment. The GaitRite is considered the gold standard in providing information about how someone walks. It can collect data on walking speed, distance, and time between steps. The Shaw Gait Assessment has been shown to provide comparable data to the GaitRite for populations who have suffered stroke or been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but to date, no information has been gathered about the reliability of the Shaw Gait Assessment for incomplete spinal cord injury.

This is the first time Push to Walk has collaborated with a university to conduct research at its facility. Once the data is analyzed, Dr. Nair hopes that she can publish the results as a poster to be presented at various conferences. “It is a great opportunity for Push to Walk to partner with an institution such as Seton Hall. Our top priority has always been providing high quality exercise to optimize the health and quality of life of our clients. With this research collaboration, we also wish to show that we are capable of making a bigger contribution to the science behind exercise and neuro-rehabilitation. In doing so, we hope to find even better ways of benefitting our clients and other people living with paralysis. We are lucky to have a researcher like Dr. Nair and Seton Hall University willing to help and guide us on this mission,” says Push to Walk Program Director, Tommy Sutor. If the results of the study are positive, it will show that places like Push to Walk, who normally couldn’t afford expensive pieces of equipment like the GaitRite, can still gather useful and meaningful data about changes in their clients’ abilities using the Shaw Gait Assessment.

Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: http://www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam(at)pushtowalknj(dot)org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. Push to Walk is only able to cover about 65% of its operating costs through client fees, and relies on grants and fundraising events to help make up the difference. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

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